007 May have saved the world countless times and always got the girl, but actor Daniel Craig, 42 who plays James Bond (previously played by Pierce Brosnan) in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace spends his down time with joystick in hand.
It seems that the British born star is not content with taking down the bad guys for a living, so when he gets a spare moment it’s straight to the console for some pixellated pandemonium.
“I play games. Hands up. I’m quite into ones that have a big, fat storyline”, said Craig in an interview with www.showbizspy.com.
“Those ultra-violent ones I can play for half an hour then I feel dirty. ‘Vice City’ for example – I think, oh yes, alright, I’ve stolen 18 cars. That’s enough now.”
But he is under no illusions about his girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell’s feelings on the matter.
“I have to pick my time well. If my girlfriend sees the box then it’s all over. If I get some free time, when she goes away for the weekend, I’ll go and play some games.
“I can switch the phone off and not see anybody for a couple of hours. That is blissful. It’s just as well I don’t have much spare time or I would probably fritter it away playing computer games.”
Video game addiction (or overuse) is becoming more prevalent these days with consoles and big titles absolutely flooding the market. ‘Gamers’ tend to play compulsively and will isolate themselves from most forms of social interaction. Their focus is generally on in-game achievements rather than actual events or accomplishments in real life.
Game makers cleverly craft games that are endless which gives the player a constant need to explore and achieve more, especially with online “mmorpg’s” (massive multiplayer online role playing games) where new content is added periodically to keep subscribers’ interest.
Diagnosis for this disorder has to date not been formalised in medical or psychological documents but is due for inclusion in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Thankfully the next Bond film is due for release in 2011 which means that Daniel Craig will soon be able to spend more time on the screen than in front of it.
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